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South Korean hospital presents generous gift to Sri Lanka

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Ambassador Dr. Mendis and Most Venerable Vijithawansha Thero accepting the medical material from the senior medical staff of the Gwanghye General Hospital in Busan

The embassy of Sri Lanka in the Republic of Korea, in close coordination with the Sri Lankaramaya Temple in the City of Daegu, managed to convince the senior most officials and medical team of Gwanghye General Hospital in the City of Busan to gift over 100 medical beds, wheelchairs and other medically important material to the embassy of Sri Lanka to be shipped to select hospital in Sri Lanka.

In this regard, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis, and Chief Incumbent of Sri Lankaramaya Temple, Most Venerable Katuwana Vijithawansha Thero, travelled to Gwanghye General Hospital in Busan, approximately 400 Km from Seoul, to receive the medical beds, wheelchairs and other medical material/accessories from the hospital in a ceremonial ambiance.

At the handing over ceremony at the Gwanghye General Hospital in the presence of the senior most medical and administrative officials of the hospital, Ambassador Dr. Mendis, in his opening remarks, stated that gifting of these sparingly used medical beds, wheelchairs and new medical accessories would assist and facilitate a number of patients in hospitals in Sri Lanka. Dr. Mendis further enunciated and impressed the fact that just over four decades ago, the Republic of Korea was an aid-recipient nation and today it has evolutionized to one of the more generous aid-giving nations in the world. The Executive Director of the Gwanghye General Hospital, Dr. Lee Jae Won, stated in his address that it gives deep pleasure and privilege to gift the aforementioned medical material to Sri Lanka. He further added that in the near future, the hospital would be able to extend more assistance to the embassy of Sri Lanka by gifting more medical material including medical beds. The Most Venerable Vijithawansha priest, who was instrumental in connecting the Hospital with Ambassador Dr. Mendis, stated that assisting the sick or unwell persons, either physically or mentally, is one of the noblest acts a person or an institution could fulfil or realize.

Once the medical material including the medical beds were handed over to the embassy, Sri Lankan well-wishers in the region were present to transport the medical material to a warehouse in Busan to be shipped to Sri Lanka. It may be highlighted that Trico Cargo of South Korea and Sri Cargo, both operated and owned by Sri Lankan nationals volunteered to ship them to Sri Lanka at their own cost. The aforementioned medical material including the medical beds would be shipped to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) since the SLA are constructing a hospital in the region of Kandy in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Dr. Mendis and Most Venerable Vijithawansha Thero assured the Sri Lankan community, who was present at the ceremony, that the embassy, in close coordinaton with the Sri Lankaramaya Temple, would endeavor and strive, relentlessly and unremittingly, to provide particularly beds including medical beds to each and every hospital in Sri Lanka, thus facilitating and accommodating each and every patient in those hospitals to be secured with a comfortable bed, during their sicknesses or illnesses. On a separate note, another patron of the embassy and Sri Lankaramaya Temple, Beung-gu Hur, a leading Korean business personality in the region of Busan, pledged to provide nearly 150 more medical beds to Sri Lankan hospitals, once this consignment is shipped to Sri Lanka.



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Dialog Enterprise with Fortinet strengthens the security of its Managed SD-WAN Service for Sri Lankan Enterprises

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Dialog Enterprise, the corporate solutions arm of Dialog Axiata PLC, announced the strengthening of its Flexnet managed SD-WAN service leveraging the Secure SD-WAN solution from Fortinet, a global leader in cybersecurity with broad and integrated solutions.

Dialog Enterprise pioneered the Sri Lanka’s first Managed SD-WAN service with the release of its Flexnet offering since September 2019. Two years after, most modern organisations are embracing digital acceleration, driving demand for greater agility in networks in order to stay competitive and deliver superior customer experiences. With the scale and variety of cyber threats continuing to grow, Dialog Enterprise enhances its Flexnet service with the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN. Fortinet Secure SD-WAN accelerates network and security convergence, aims at simplifying WAN architecture, and securing work-from-anywhere new normality with embedded ZTNA (zero-trust network access) Access Proxy for explicit per-user application access controls. It delivers integrated security and safer access to internal and external data and applications wherever they are residing, on-premises, or in the cloud.

By integrating Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution to its Flexnet managed SD-WAN service, Dialog Enterprise will enable its customers the ability to cost-effectively eliminate security gaps in their network while gaining the benefits of advanced routing and self-healing WAN capabilities to ensure superior quality of experience for their users, and an increased business uptime. Additionally, an improved connectivity and user experience can be achieved through an integrated security by prioritizing network traffic and reduced latency. As well as the benefit of an integrated security by prioritizing network traffic is achieved by offering, unified thread management, SSL inspection and proactive security threat prevention.

“With the recent shift to remote working, cloud adaptation and SaaS usage accelerating SD-WAN adoption with organizations, many of our customers in the government, finance, retail, services and manufacturing industries will benefit from Dialog Enterprise’s Managed SD-WAN based on the Fortinet Secure SD-WAN solution. It provides us with an integrated, one-stop management and orchestration console to ensure that connections, configurations, advanced routing features and protections are easily configurable. Being the only Fortinet Managed Security Service Provider in Sri Lanka, we have already been able to provide Secure SDWAN solutions with Fortinet in over 1000 locations across the island.” said Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer – Dialog Enterprise at Dialog Axiata PLC.

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SLT-MOBITEL completes first phase of Amazon Alexa integrations for Home Broadband customers offering exciting digital lifestyles

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The first phase of fully integrating Amazon Alexa for SLT-MOBITEL Home Broadband customers was successfully concluded recently. Now customers can seek help from Amazon’s virtual smart assistant Alexa and obtain a range of information on SLT-MOBITEL services such as Voice, Broadband, PEO TV services etc. ensuring subscribers experience exciting new intelligent built digital lifestyles.

Pictured Dilshan Boteju, Chief Executive Officer of The Connection Workshop, handing over the report on the concluded project to Prabhath Dahanayake, Chief Marketing Officer SLT. Also present were Lathika Weerasinghe, Administrative Coordinator, Anup Silva, Lead Developer Alexa program of The Connection Workshop, Ayoma Wickramaarachchi, Deputy General Manager, Product Development & Management of SLT, Ruwan Rekogama, Engineer-Product Development & Management of SLT.

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Loops wins big at SLIM DIGIS

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Award-winning creative-led integrated marketing agency, Loops Integrated, received 6 recognitions, including a Gold, at the SLIM DIGIS Awards, held on the 25th of January 2022. Loops Integrated received the only Gold DIGI in the Banking and Finance category for Softlogic Invest’s “This Could Be You” campaign, a Silver DIGI in the Performance Marketing category for British Council’s IELTS programme, and another Silver DIGI in the Best Use of Branded Content category for Sri Lankan Airlines. In addition to these three prestigious awards, Loops Integrated also received 3 finalist awards for the Banking & Finance, Performance Marketing and Best Use of Branded Content categories.

Discussing the awards, CEO at Loops, Wasaam Ismail said, “We work with our clients as partners, therefore it’s important to say a big thank you to them for having faith in us and letting us take their campaigns to town. Putting together creative-led campaigns amidst working from home during periodic lockdowns is nothing short of a herculean undertaking, which would not have been possible without our stellar team. Therefore, I must also acknowledge and appreciate our exceptionally talented, committed, dedicated and mind-blowingly fun team here at Loops, without whom none of this would be possible. A big thank you also to SLIM for ensuring that digital marketers in Sri Lanka have a national platform upon which to be recognized.”

The SLIM DIGIS awards is organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and recognizes and celebrates Sri Lanka’s best digital marketing work, innovation and talent. SLIM is the national body for marketing in Sri Lanka and the SLIM DIGIS is among Sri Lanka’s most prestigious awards programmes that recognize innovation and budding talent in the digital marketing space.

Loops is an award-winning Creative Led Integrated Marketing Agency with operations in Sri Lanka, Qatar, Malaysia & Australia. The agency has worked with over 250 brands in 15 countries and has over 50 awards for its efforts in creative and digital excellence, awarded by both international and local bodies. Visit www.loops.lk to learn more.

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